Eslam Younes - Studying Abroad in the United Kingdom
After marriage, I’ve found out that the life of the married couple will not be only associated with love, sex, and passion. Responsibility will be the main thing to consider and the worry about married life, especially when a new kid arrives to the big house. Now, we are three, a father, a mother, and a baby. I’m the father; I used to work within a family business founded by my grandfather in the 80’s. I worked as a sales manager; I was responsible for four sales executives who were reporting to me, liable for making a huge profit for our company and making better client relationships, which was the key of success for our company's sales management team.
I live in Egypt and I was born there. In 2015, Egypt was in the middle of the economic crisis, as it was just recently after two or three years of revolution and a civil war. The economic situation was not good and chaos was the key word that could truly describe the situation of the country. Our family business was literally going down, the income we were used to was not the same anymore, and the situation was not encouraging. Hence, I started to think about leaving and preparing myself for another adventure. To move to this step, you need to face a lot of requirements and personal development is needed in order to aim for a new career. You need to be able to shift and accommodate your whole life to a better level.
Managing change or implement a change in your life is not an easy task. We all react differently when it comes to a change in our environment, or change in our career. Besides, a packed guide is needed with insights and tools to assist you further in making personal changes in your life. You will need to be more than a leader who can endure such changes, as you must shape them according to your needs and dreams.
Moreover, let's say that you are mounting into a new market, your priority might be to select the one with the highest growth opportunities, from which you can be able to re-order your ideas and work on planning an appropriate research consecutively. Your critical thinking, personal development, and the threatening situations that you have been through will automatically lead you to how to be unique and how to generate new innovational ideas for planning, developing, and assessing your plans.
Skills and experience can be developed by good education and good practice. I’ve decided to develop and upgrade myself further, and thus, I’ve decided to travel abroad to study and get a master’s degree in my field. I found MBA which is a degree that can provide wider opportunities for its graduates for expanding into further fields like human resources, marketing, sales, and finance. This degree could enable me in the future to pursue a decent job in any business sector. I’ve received a lot of encouragement and support from my wife, my dad and my mum in processing and preparing my documents for the travel to the UK. What is actually required in this phase is only the good support and encouragement from your nearest friends and relatives.
Things went slightly differently than I expected, I met some barriers overseas which were not calculated in my plans before travelling. There was a big main point that was not taken into consideration, which was the way the education differs from the one in my home country. The education in the UK is different, as they are more lecture-based with only occasional assignments throughout the semester and the final assessment is based on written assignments. In Egypt, my home country, education does not depend on assignments; it is also lecture-based but the final written examination is assessed in order to determine your results.
Writing an essay or a report was an extremely hard task for me out there after I found out that this is how the university operates in assessing its students, and it was the major barrier that I faced at the beginning of the courses. Eventually, life is like riding a bicycle; you will need to keep on cycling in order to keep on moving forward. I started to improve and invest into myself on how to write an essay or a report by using the internet database and the YouTube. I’ve maintained to self-develop myself on how to avoid plagiarism and much more.
Everything was just the other way around, the education life as I knew it, the weather was completely different in the UK, and the food I used to eat every day was not the same anymore. My whole life went to another direction. When you completely change your whole life, and you don’t focus that much on what you're actually here for, you will probably lose. But let me state that I found out that travelling is the best cure for ignorance. As well, diversity could probably be the best tool for self-development in order to aim for a better future.
Eventually, at the end of the last semester, I’ve submitted my final assignment, and I’ve achieved a Merit for it. This didn't happen by chance because I worked hard to reach that goal and I accomplished it. I’m now graduated; I’m a business development manager, working in a multinational company in Egypt with a decent monthly salary. My family is very proud; my life is way much better than before.
What so ever, the level of your consciousness, happiness or self-confidence will increase after going through any lifetime event like this. Every further step you take in your life is a chance to learn more, as it’s all about having that certain belief about what you can do and what you are capable of doing. The reason I’m writing this story is to encourage, motivate, and inspire people to succeed in life. These stories are not written for the sake of entertainment, these types of stories are always written for a certain purpose and a certain belief.
In the last movie part of ROCKY, Rocky Balboa tell his son: “The world ain't all sunshine and rainbows. It's a very mean and nasty place... and I don´t care how tough you are, it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently, if you let it. You, me or nobody, is gonna hit as hard as life. But ain't about how hard you hit... It's about how hard you can get hit, and keep moving forward... how much you can take, and keep moving forward. That´s how winning is done. Now, if you know what you worth, go out and get what you worth. But you gotta be willing to take the hits. And not pointing fingers saying: You ain´t what you wanna be because of him or her or anybody. Cowards do that and that ain´t you! You´re better than that.” Believe in yourself, that you are willing to take the hits and you will keep moving forward towards your dreams, and do not ever forget that life is not all sunshine and rainbows.